ERIC Number: ED044365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Report of the NEA Task Force on Paraprofessionals.
National Education Association, Washington, DC.
This booklet summarizes the findings of the task force which met for two 2-day meetings in January and March 1970 to review ongoing programs concerned with paraprofessionals, hearing from several National Education Association (NEA) units and from paraprofessionals themselves. The report contains 1) a brief examination of the history and present status of paraprofessional school personnel; 2) discussion of definition, roles and functions, and needs of paraprofessionals; and 3) recommendations of the task force to NEA. The definition set forth is this: "'Paraprofessional' denotes that segment of auxiliary personnel working directly with professional educators to assist them in discharging their professional duties" (includes teacher aides, lay readers, and instructional aides). The needs of the group are stated to include identification of roles and responsibilities in relation to the professional educator, preservice and inservice training programs for all personnel involved in paraprofessional programs, and establishment of an organizational structure related to the united teaching profession to meet their economic and organizational needs. Recommendations focus on expansion of the NEA/ACT auxiliary personnel program to give it the status of division or section within NEA. Included is request for allocation of funds for several specific purposes. Also listed are guidelines designed to assist local, state, and national associations in efforts to organize paraprofessionals. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.